The studio, who had a strong awards season with the likes of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, the Adam Sandler-starring Uncut Gems, Independent Spirit Award Best Feature winner The Farewell and Midsommar, is making a big push for Green Knight. A24 has set a May 29 release date for it, and it will be one of the studio’s biggest screen counts to date (for example, 2018’s Hereditary bowed on 2,964 screens).
The interpretation of the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tale has varied from its 14th century medieval origins, with different versions tracing from the Pearl Poet and Thomas Malory to JRR Tolkein and John Boorman (Liam Neeson played Gawain in 1981’s Excalibur). This take penned by Lowery frames Gawain as King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson), a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.
Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury and Sean Harris also star along with Kate Dickie and Ineson (the latter two reunite after starring in Eggers’ The Witch). Lowery is producing alongside Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston via their Sailor Bear production banner, and Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page of Ley Line Entertainment.
Check out the trailer above and the poster below.